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Australian Open Has Strongest Field In History

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Australian Open will have the strongest field in the tournament's 103-year history - all top-ranked 100 men and 99 of the top 100 women in January. Three-time champion Roger Federer heads the men's draw, while top-ranked Justine Henin - the 2004 champion - will be the women's No. 1 seed.

In the release of the first entry lists, the only omission from the top 100 women was Russia's Vera Dushevina, ranked 44th, who was forced to withdraw because of a right-foot injury.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said he was thrilled with the strength of the lineup for the Jan. 14-27 tournament.

"At this stage, it's the strongest field in the event's history and we're sure this will equate to one of the most exciting tournaments yet," he said.

The men's field will be completed by 16 qualifiers and eight wild cards, while the women's field has 12 qualifiers and eight wild cards.

The women's field has five former champions in Henin, the Williams sisters - Venus and defending champion Serena - Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport. The men's field includes three past winners - Federer, Thomas Johansson and Marat Safin.

Defending champion Serena Williams is fit and playing well, what are the odds that she can take home a fourth title? That Roger Federer will continue his dominance? Or that Novak Djokovic will make a surprise run. There will be a variety of odds wagered for the 2008 Australian Open and the other grands slams as well. You can find out more about Tennis odds at this premium source for Tennis Betting.

I'm looking forward to a thrilling Australian Open with odds in favor of Serena Williams and Roger Federer adding more trophies to their cases. Who are you in favor of?

Posted by Shelia

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